Seung-hwan Oh (41-Samsung Lions) has decided to extend his active career. His save clock will continue to tick.
“Oh Seung-hwan has expressed his intention to extend his career and the club is preparing to re-sign him,” a Samsung representative said.
After the 2023 season, Oh will be eligible for free agency. He hasn’t said whether he will apply for free agency with Samsung, but he has indicated his intention to stay.
The official said, “We haven’t had specific discussions, but the club has set a policy to re-sign him. We plan to continue discussions on the detailed terms.”
With his decision to remain in the active roster at the age of 42, Oh will also move forward with the KBO’s all-time saves record.
Oh reached the 400-save milestone in the KBO with his 30th save of the season on Oct. 14 against the SSG Landers.
He finished the season just shy of 400 saves when Samsung wrapped up the regular season on October 15.
The retired Son Seung-rak is second with 271 career saves. That’s a whopping 129 saves behind Oh Seung-hwan.
If Seung-hwan Oh had retired, the KBO’s all-time saves record would have been stuck at 400 for a while.
However, he chose to continue playing, and every time he adds a save, 카지노사이트 the record changes.
When it comes to KBO saves, it’s hard to separate Seung-hwan Oh from the rest of the league.
He holds the record for most saves in a season.
He recorded 47 saves in 2006 and 2011. He also holds the record for 100 saves in the fewest games (180) and 200 saves in the youngest (29 years, 28 days) and oldest (334 games).
Oh has been in the driver’s seat since July 1, 2012, when he made 228 career saves against the Daegu Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom), surpassing the previous record of 227 saves.
The 2023 season was a bit of a mixed bag for Oh.
He started the season as the closer, but struggled early in the season and was bumped down a spot. In early May, he made his first start since his professional debut and was subsequently dropped from the first team roster to rebuild.
He then returned to the first team as a closer, but was unable to regain his form. On June 16 against the Suwon KT Wiz, he uncharacteristically showed anger after giving up a run and was sent to the second team again.
However, he regained his form in August. He collected 10 saves in 13 games in August, and in September, he anchored Samsung’s back end with a 1-1 record, seven saves, and a 0.63 ERA in 13 games.
Samsung has yet to find a successor to Oh. If no one steps up to the plate over the course of this winter, it’s possible that Oh will be the closer again.
Oh has 80 saves in two years in Japan and 42 saves in four years in the major leagues, giving him 522 career saves in Korea, the United States, and Japan. He’ll add to that total if he’s the closer again next year.